Laser-Cut Paper Design Contest

Here at, we like to stay ahead of the curve, and therefore we will soon be offering laser-cutting services to customers!

To celebrate this exciting development, we are offering you the chance to win a free print-run of your very own laser-cut creation! 

We repeat, this is not a drill. We want you to make your very own lovely laser-cut creations and see them come to life. Think about sizes, colours, orientation, themes, shapes - basically the world really is your oyster! 

Once you have created your own design to be laser-cut, send the file to by Monday, 24th October 2016.

The best design will be eye-catching, innovative and show your unique style.

Below we have some useful tips, as well as the specifications your design needs to adhere to so you can be in with a chance of winning!

Good luck!



  • The winning design will receive 100 copies of the laser-cut product. This can be used to promote your brand or business, or you can actually use the 100 copies for a client, for example, as part of your wedding stationery clients package.

  • All designs submitted must be created with the intention to be printed on 300gsm Gesso paper stock, A5 size. Consider this when making your laser-cut design. 

  • Please specify the area you wish the laser to cut (and therefore remove) by selecting this area in the colour swatch as pure magenta (100%).

  • The file types to send are: PDF, JPEG or PNG (without magenta mark-up for us to use to announce the winner and for promotional use), as well as the file with overprint turned on. For more details on the artwork file required to be laser-cut, download our PDF.

  • To avoid break away cuts on filigree designs use a space of 1.5-2mm minimum between the cutting lines. 

  • For continuous lines you want processed, they must be of 0.25pt thickness minimum.

  • Send your entry to with the subject line LASER-CUT CONTEST [INSERT YOUR NAME]

  • Deadline for entries is 5pm, Monday 24th October.

  • Judges of the contest will be revealed in due course.


Artwork Tips:

Our terrific lead designer Tom has put together a quick step-by-step guide to help you navigate setting up your artwork for this swanky contest. 

Example A 

1: In this example, we’re going to be cutting out a circle from our print, leaving the rest of the page intact. We’ve marked the circle in 100% Magenta to signify that this is what should be cut out.


2: We can make things more interesting by adding a shape inside the circle. However, bear in mind that anything not touching the edges of the circle will be cut out when the circle is.

3: This will be how the example above would look after being laser-cut. You can see that the bulk of the circle has been cut out, leaving the ampersand in place. 


Example B:

1: In this example, we’re cutting out the bulk of the page, leaving a circle shape intact. Again, the area marked in 100% Magenta will be cut out.

2: The inside of the circle can also be laser cut, and in this case the design doesn’t need to touch the sides of the circle. In this case, the duck shape will be cut from the circle.

3: This will be how the example above would look after being laser cut. The circle of paper is left behind, with the shape of the duck cut out from the centre. 

Visit our blog on common print mistakes you can avoid for more advice, or download our artwork file PDF

If you have any questions relating to this contest, please email


Terms & Conditions

  • There will be one winner selected after the deadline of 5pm, Monday 24th October 2016, who will receive 100 print-outs. We will also compile a shortlist of entries to promote on the website and on social media.

  • Delivery of the winning prize will be confirmed via email from

  • After 24th October 2016 no further entries will be accepted for judging. We are unable to accept responsibility for entries which do not have the artwork attached.

  • One entry per person. A full name is mandatory with all competition entries.

  • Open to UK and Ireland based entries only.

  • All entries agree to the use of their name and artwork and associated business contact information in any publicity material. Any personal data relating to the winner or any other entrants will not be disclosed to any third parties.

  • If you submit a design, you give us permission to share your design on social media and throughout the website. 

  • No cash alternative to the prize will be offered.  The prize is non-transferable. We reserve the right to substitute any prize with another equivalent value without notice.

  • Judges of the contest will be revealed in due course.

  • Any entrant submitting a design into this competition promises to us that:

a)      they own or have rights to the submitted design and that it does not infringe the intellectual property rights of a third party;
b)      the submitted design is not false, inaccurate, misleading, fraudulent, unlawful or defamatory.

  • We ( reserve the right to amend or alter the winning design if necessary.
  • This promotion is not endorsed or administered by or associated with Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. You are providing your information to and not to any other party. The promoter is, whose registered office is Threeways House, 40-44 Clipstone Street, London, W1W 5DW.


David Brookes-Lennon
27 Sep 2016 10:15
OH this is AMAZING! Just what I wanted
Keziah Herbert
27 Sep 2016 14:21
Fantastic! I've always wanted to try laser cutting designs. I've shared this on an etsy group I am on, no doubt drum up lots of entries ;)
Su Mwamba
04 Oct 2016 08:40
Very interesting - I will be looking out for this & experimenting as soon as it is available!
04 Oct 2016 16:37
exciting stuff!
John Pelosi
13 Oct 2016 18:47
Really excited about this new addition!
21 Oct 2016 10:33
Is it possible to laser cut and also print on the same piece of artwork? Thanks
08 Feb 2017 11:48
what a great addition to your range

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